New Hampshire Pollution Prevention regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Hampshire Pollution Prevention: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

New Hampshire pollution prevention (P2) policy: New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 21-O:15

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P2 definition: RSA 21-O:17

P2 Partnerships: RSA 21-O:21

Small Business Technical Assistance: RSA 21-O:19

Regulatory Agencies

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Waste Management Division New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Hampshire has its own pollution prevention (P2) rules. In addition, the federal P2 rules are effective in New Hampshire. These federal rules are described in the national section POLLUTION PREVENTION.

Administration and enforcement. The DES enforces the federal P2 rules in New Hampshire. The DES provides technical information and assistance to generators wishing to implement P2 plans. Contact the DES for more information.

State Requirements


RSA 21-O:15

In New Hampshire, the DES is required to promote P2 actions in all sectors of the state, including, but not limited to, the DES itself, other state agencies, local governmental entities, the regulated communities, and homeowners, as the preferred option for meeting established environmental quality goals.

In cases where P2 options have been explored and found not to be feasible, a hierarchy of options must be examined for:

  • Recycling
  • Treatment
  • Disposal

DES's decisions that do not contribute to efforts of P2 at the source of generation or release must be periodically re-examined in order to continually strive toward P2 objectives.

P2 Definition

RSA 21-O:17

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements
Additional Guidance
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